About Late Padma Shri Yogeshwar Dayal

Late Padmshree Yogeshwar DayalPadmashri Yogeshwar Dayal was born in one of the oldest families of Delhi in a Haveli known as the Haveli of Raja Jugal Kishore. His father was a Rais (rich noble) Lala Shankar Dayal. Right from his college days Shri Yogeshwar Dayal was interested in heritage and culture .He was the secretary of the Historical Society of Delhi University and he led groups of students to various historical sites including Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Shri Dayal organised several cultural events in Delhi in 1936 he organised All India Music Conference at Parade Ground opposite Red Fort (now known as Subhash Maidan )which was one of its own kind in Delhi and was a great success.

In 1936 he founded Hindustani School of Dancing and Music (now known as Sangeet Bharti) in a flat above the shop of Gainda Mal Hemraj opposite Regal cinema very renowned artists used to teach there like Shri Achhan Maharaj from the family of Shambhu Maharaj, Devendra Shankar from the family of Uday Shankar, Shri Vijay Raghav Rao Shri Mohan Lal, Shri Hiralal etc Under the aegis of this institution Shri Dayal organised several events: in 1937 a Dance Festival in Capital Cinema (now Ritz) at Kashmere Gate, in1942 a music and dance programme in Jubilee Cinema near Fountain in Chandni Chowk area, then in 1944 All India Dance Festival was organised at a very large scale at Ferozshah Kotla Grounds. For the first time Bharat Natyam, Kathakali and Manipuri styles of classical dances were performed in Delhi After this a dance programme was held at a larger scale in the lawns of the Qutub Minar

In 1951 he organised All India Cultural Conference in the Diwan-E-Khas in the Red Fort which event was inaugurated by the then President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad and the then Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar lal Nehru presided over the event.

He was an Honorary Magistrate in Delhi and held regular court as such. He was also associated with a cultural institution known as Kala Vihar and was on the Managing Committee of Cambridge Schools, He was the secretary of Sarada Ukil School of Art

As an old Dilliwala he was associated with Shri Dharmik Lila Committee which organises the enactment of the Hindu Epic Ramayana

He founded another cultural institution by the name of Lok Kala Manch and organised street plays and cultural programmes in villages. In a true secular spirit he used to organise Holi-Eid Milan in the ground opposite the Red Fort The Government of India asked him to organise the Budha Jayanti Celeberations in 1958 and he took the art exhibition of Budha Jayanti Celeberations all aver India.

In the year 1961 Pt Jawaharlal Nehru invited him to revive 'Phool Waalon Ki Sair' which he set out to do in real earnest. A society was formed and was got registered as Anjuman Sair E-Gul Faroshan under the Societies Registration Act and the long lost and forgotten communal harmony Festival was revived. He continued to organise the Festival till his death in 2006.

Shri Yogeshwar Dayal was honoured with the title of Padma Shri in the year 1968.

There is a book also, written on him by his daughter Usha Kumar. (view profile)

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